Fredericia Maskinmesterskole bygger nyt minidatacenter med støtte fra Google og datacenterindustrien

Fredericia Maskinmesterskole (FMS) skruer nu op for ambitionerne og bygger – som noget nyt i dansk sammenhæng – et minidatacenter på skolen. Det sker, efter at Google har valgt at støtte projektet med 100.000 Euro, svarende til små 750.000 kroner. Med minidatacentret vil man komme tæt på den virkelighed, de studerende vil møde som uddannede maskinmestre i datacenterindustrien.

Initiativet bliver en del af det nye datacentervalgfag, som studerende fra sommeren 2020 kan tage på FMS. Ud over at opbevare data kan et datacenter være et større eller mindre højteknologisk kompleks: En masse energi kommer ind, og en masse energi sendes ud igen. Energi skal lagres i store batterier, serverrum skal afkøles, og den overskydende varme fra anlægget skal gerne anvendes, så den ikke går til spilde. For eksempel bliver overskudsvarme fra de store datacentre flere steder sendt videre som fjernvarme og kommer derved lokalområdet til gode. Maskinmesteren har de faglige kompetencer til at føre tilsyn med denne type anlæg og have ansvaret for daglig drift og vedligehold.

“Samarbejdet med Google har skudt en udvikling i gang og medført nogle muligheder, som vi ellers ikke havde fået,” udtaler jens Færgemand Mikkelsen, som er ressourcedirektør på maskinmesterskolen, og som har været en del af arbejdet med det nye valgfag fra dag et. ”Google har været en fantastisk partner, som har stolet på, at vi kunne løfte opgaven, så de roligt kunne støtte vores arbejde med at skaffe mere af den arbejdskraft, som datacenterbranchen mangler. De har desuden været rigtig gode sparringspartnere og har faciliteret netværk til uddannelsesinstitutioner i Europa, som vi nu samarbejder med om uddannelser til branchen. Hele processen har virkelig givet os et løft ind i fremtiden og ud i verden.”
FMS har i hele planlægningsfasen af det nye valgfag haft en god og konstruktiv dialog med ledelsen på det datacenter, Google er ved at bygge i Taulov. I slutningen af 2019 fik skolen bevilget midler fra Google til at installere et solcelleanlæg på toppen af den ene bygning i Købmagergade i Fredericia. Anlægget skal bruges i undervisningen på det nye valgfag, men kan også bruges generelt i undervisningen og til projekter på skolen. Næste skridt i udviklingen er det kommende minidatacenter. Hos Google er kommunikationschef Jesper Vangkilde glad for det udvidede samarbejde forud for åbningen af det ‘rigtige’ datacenter til efteråret.

“Maskinmesterskolen har vist sig utrolig fremsynet, og vi er glade over at kunne understøtte den faglige udvikling på skolen. Datacentre er en industri, som rummer rigtig spændende muligheder inden for f.eks. innovation og grøn energi, som er centralt for Google. Det håber jeg, at en masse studerende vil gøre brug af,” siger Jesper Vangkilde.

Mini-datacenteret kommer til at bestå af seks såkaldte racks med servere og et tilhørende kølesystem. Strømforbrug, temperatur osv. vil kunne overvåges af et DCIM-system (data center infrastrucure management), og med en såkaldt load bank vil man kunne simulere forskellig grad af belastning af systemet, så de studerende vil kunne lave øvelser i undervisningen. Eksempler på øvelser kunne være optimering af temperatur og køling, eller man kunne simulere tab af energiforsyning, så man er afhængig af nødstrømsanlæg. Alt dette vil give de studerende et helt unikt indblik i arbejdet på et datacenter og give dem en hands-on-erfaring, som man ikke bare lige får i denne branche.

Ud over bidraget fra Google vil andre virksomheder inden for datacenterbranchen ligeledes støtte projektet, idet det er det første datacenter, der bygges i landet, som udelukkende er til uddannelsesbrug. Det forventes blandt andet, at virksomheder, der leverer fysisk udstyr og software til datacentre, samt rådgivningsvirksomheder tilsammen til bidrage med et beløb, der matcher Googles donation.

“At opbygge et minidatacenter til undervisningsbrug i samarbejde med leverandører fra datacenterindustrien er helt unikt. Det sætter Danmark på verdenskortet ved at vi har en af de førende uddannelsesinstitutioner ift. uddannelse af medarbejdere til drift af datacentre,” siger salgschef Arnth B. Nielsen fra Datacentergruppen, der er valgt som hovedleverandør på minidatacenteret.

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For uddybende spørgsmål kontakt venligst:

FMS: Ressourcedirektør Jens Færgemand Mikkelsen, 23235119/jfm@fms.dk

Google: Kommunikationschef Jesper Vangkilde, 22575955/vangkilde@google.com

Datacentergruppen: Salgschef Arnth B. Nielsen, 41577708/an@datacentergruppen.dk

DDI VIRTUAL DAY

DDI is taking our networking meetup for members to a virtual platform. Join us on 16th June from 10.30-16.00, where we are hosting a mix of industry-led presentations, panels, interactive discussions and workshops. Register below for the individual sessions.

 

AGENDA

SESSION 1: PRESENTATIONS >REGISTER

10.30-10.40 Presentation: Update on DDI in 2020, COVID-19 and more

Henrik Hansen, CEO, Danish Data Center Industry 

10.40-11.00  Presentation: Edge, 5g and IOT: Infrastructural opportunities and challenges in Denmark

Speaker: Anders Greve, Head of Big Data and Cyber Security, Atos

11.00-11.20 Presentation: Project brownfield: How do you upgrade and retrofit your legacy infrastructure for optimal energy efficiency

Speaker: Robert Tozer, Director, Operational Intelligence 

11.20 -11.30  Audience Q&A

 

SESSION 2: PANEL > REGISTER

12.30-13.00 Panel discussion: The role of data centers in the Danish Green transition

  • Market dynamics: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Market conditions and policy frameworks
  • How do we integrate the data center into our energy networks?
  • Opportunities for vendors on the Danish market
  • Future development for the Danish data center industry

Panel:

Halvor Bjerke, COO, DIGIPLEX

Jonas Nihøj, Director, Energy Trading & PPA, EUROPEAN ENERGY

Peder Nærbø, Founder, BULK INFRASTRUCTURE

Peter Hellberg, Data Center Manager, VATTENFALL

 

SESSION 3: INTERACTIVE PANEL – TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION > REGISTER

14.00-14.40 Interactive Panel discussion: How is COVID-19 impacting operations in Denmark and how do we best deal with the aftermath of the global pandemic?

• Data centers as mission-critical functions in society
• How do vendors and operators keep business running during COVID-19 restrictions?
– How can we ensure that our industry is recognised as a mission-critical function in our society?

Led by Henrik Hansen, CEO, Danish Data Center Industry

 

SESSION 4: WORKSHOPS 

15.00-16.00 Workshops via Microsoft Teams

Data center skills challenges and opportunities Sign up

180.000 DKK to literature: Facebook Odense Data Center donates to libraries in Odense

Facebook Odense Data Center has donated DKK 180,000 to Odense Libraries and to the Citizen Service Center, to cover the costs associated with increased digital lending during the corona crisis.

BY JULIE SCHUSTER LAPP, TV2 FYN

Since the lockdown measures due to COVID-19 were introduced in early March, the citizens of Odense have been lending books, audiobooks, and music digitally from Odense Libraries.  The libraries have experienced a 200-300% increase in e-book and audiobooks lending. This has led to increased cost in keeping up with the spikes in demand for digital services for the libraries.

Facebook Odense Data Center has stepped up and decided to support the local libraries by donating 180.000 DKK, which will help the libraries in Odense to maintain their digital services, as well as build upon expanding their digital platforms for future demands.

“ We are grateful for Facebook’s support in our digital library services. This donation shows that their presence in Odense has a wider impact, stretching to necessary basic functions in our community, which benefits many citizens here”, said Kent Skov, the Director of Odense’s Libraries.

Supports digital platforms

Facebook, who announced their Odense data center build in 2017, are ready to support digital initiatives wherever they can.

“Facebook is about connecting people and communities, as well as utilizing the power of technology. When we found out that the lockdown measures increased the interest in digital content in Odense, but added to the costs for the libraries, we stepped up to the occasion to support Odense Libraries and the Citizen Service Center”, said Carsten Sørensen, Site Manager at Facebook Odense Data Center.

For the data center,  access to digital content especially for students is viewed as a vital function to maintain their studies from home.

Odense Libraries, who has around 500,000 yearly visitors on their website, and lending around 2 million books, are set on expanding the digital platforms, and donations such as the one from Facebook helps Odense Libraries to achieve this after the crisis.

”We are committed to play a positive role and invest in the long-term vitality of the community in which we operate in”, concludes Carsen Sørensen.

Read the full article in Danish here.

 

Data centers as a source of flexibility for low-carbon energy system

Janne Paananen, Technology Manager, Critical Power Solutions, Eaton, EMEA, shares his views on how data centers can be a source of fast frequency response and virtual inertia.

Originally released in: Danish Data Center Market Outlook 2020

Data centers and ICT infrastructure are using vast amount of energy to provide digital services for societies, that are used mainly for our entertainment. Even though new technologies are more energy efficient, the even faster growth in digital services and data usage outgrows the gains in energy efficiency, which leads to increasing power demand. As a result, the global energy demand by data centers and ICT is expected to grow in the upcoming years, making it more difficult to meet our targets to reduce GHG-emissions.

The big global data center companies are amongst the largest global users of renewable energy and frequently announce new PPA’s, which support their goal to become carbon neutral, or even negative, in the future. This drives to higher penetration of wind and solar power to grid and reduces emissions. While doing so, it also poses a challenge for the TSO’s, whose responsibility is to maintain system balance and reliability.

Firstly, the intermittent nature of variable renewable energy (VRE) requires more flexibility and reserves in the system to compensate for variations in wind and solar power generation. The changes in wind and weather conditions can be forecasted rather well and the time scales are from minutes to hours or days.

Secondly, the wind and solar are non-synchronous, meaning that they do not have a spinning mass directly coupled to system voltage and frequency. As a result, the inertia that is formed by all the spinning mass in the grid, is reducing. Inertia has a stabilizing effect to frequency variations, caused by imbalances between demand and supply, and it plays a crucial role especially during contingency events when a sudden loss of generation capacity from the system occurs. In a system with low inertia, there’s less stabilizing force, and frequency variations are faster and larger, where traditional generation does not respond fast enough to contain the frequency. This asks for new types of frequency containment reserves, such as Fast Frequency Response in the Irish and Nordic markets. These are typically based on power electronics and batteries or fast load shedding.

Leveraging UPS tech to balance sustainable energy demand

Without fast enough response from the system, the amount of renewable generation may need to be limited, leading to curtailment of wind and solar power. It does not matter how many PPA’s are in place, if the system cannot tolerate more non-synchronous generation from a reliability aspect. The amount of renewable generation may be limited due to system capabilities.

Opposite to demand response, FFR type services are not energy intensive or require large energy storage. Those activate rarely, for some seconds, and are therefore suitable also for traditional batteries in a data center. Other types of frequency containment, and demand response, requires other types of batteries, such as lithium technology aimed for cyclic use.

Suitability of a static UPS in a data center for frequency regulation has been proven in various pilots conducted in Europe and US. When equipped with correct control algorithms, the demand can be seamlessly and quickly controlled between mains and batteries, whilst remaining connected to the grid, and this can be load independent. Furthermore, the amount of energy used from batteries can be limited to provide enough back-up time for critical loads. Thus, with the correct technology, the benefits of the asset can be maximized, in a fail-safe manner.

Above technology enables data center owners to achieve better value from their assets. By leveraging modern UPS technology and its energy management capabilities, it can be used to achieve savings in energy costs through demand response, or to generate additional revenue by participating in frequency regulation. In respect to UPS system OPEX and TCO, this can turn things upside down, and a UPS can generate income instead of being an expense. From another point of view, the overall cost of energy can be reduced by new revenue streams from energy markets.

And as the most important aspect, by providing necessary flexibility and fast response, the data centers can help to increase penetration of renewable energy in the grid, making electricity cleaner for everyone, while helping to maintain grid reliability. This also has positive impacts on cost of energy, since leveraging existing assets, instead of building new separate reserve units, reduces the investment cost associated with future low carbon power system, resulting in lower energy prices and tariffs.

How data centers can green the grid and lead the green transition by example

Rasmus Lildholt Kjær, CEO at Better Energy, shares his views on hyperscale data centers’ contribution to the green energy mix in Denmark

Originally released: Danish Data Center Market Outlook 2020

The world is in the midst of a climate crisis and change is therefore a necessity. We must significantly reduce our CO2 emissions by 2030 to avoid a climate disaster. CO2 emissions come primarily from fossil fuels and the transition to renewable energy is crucial.

The transition to renewable energy can only be achieved by adding new renewable energy to the energy system. Only by adding new renewable energy can fossil fuels be phased out. Until now, the supply of renewable energy has been driven by government support. The granting of this support has had the effect of ‘additionality’, the fact that new renewable energy plants have been built and new renewable energy has been added to the energy supply. Government support has had the effect of adding new renewable energy.

At the same time, the renewable energy supplied through government support has received certificates of origin which have been used by energy suppliers to document the sale of renewable energy to their consumers. However, this sale of renewable energy and certificates of origin has had no effect of ‘additionality’. Two parties are simply trading in pre-existing renewable energy. It has had no effect of increasing the supply of new renewable energy.

When consumers buy existing renewable energy for their electricity supply, they just take it away from other consumers, and the net result is the same. New renewable energy is not added, and CO2 emissions are not reduced. They just use the renewable energy that taxpayers have already paid to add through government support.

Hyperscalers leading the way

An interesting and innovative aspect of the power purchase agreement (PPA) between Better Energy and Google for the 50 MW Næstved solar plant is that it is the first Danish PPA to have a 100% ‘additionality’ effect. The solar plant does not receive government support, and it is the PPA alone that has had the effect of ‘additionality’. It is therefore the PPA that has had the effect of increasing the supply of new renewable energy. In addition, it was also was critical to the Google PPA that the new solar power plant was located in Denmark so that the positive additionality effect goes into the same country.

The Google PPA is a game changer in the renewable energy transition. Consumers of energy can now drive the transition to renewable energy. Going forward, data centers and other major energy consumers can make a world of difference by choosing to be supplied with new renewable energy that does not receive government support.

Hyperscalers can now demonstrate real climate action by sourcing new subsidy-free green power that helps, not hinders, progress towards national climate goals. Going green today is no longer an obstacle, but an opportunity – a rare chance to radically change the way society is powered.

DataCenterGruppen enters into agreement with Starline Track Busway

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that DataCenterGruppen has entered into an agreement with Starline to be the Danish agent for the Starline Track Busway product series. We are very proud to have been chosen as an agent for this unique product, which is widely used in Data Centers and Industries throughout Europe. Starline wanted to expand its activities in Denmark, and the DataCenterGruppen was contacted, and subsequently an agreement was reached. We see great opportunities for this product, which is used by Industries & Data Center in Europe and which is now available in Denmark, from the major players in the data center industry. A little about the product: Starline Track Busway is a single, versatile, and economical system for the delivery of electricity. The product is unique as it is simple to install as well as scalable, which means lower cost of ownership.

The flexible and scalable busway system allows you to move electricity where you need it at any time without interrupting the power supply. The unique turn-and-lock connection used in the plug-in devices is key to the reliability of the Starline Track Busway. https://www.starlinepower.com/busway/

About Starline
Starline, a brand of Legrand, is a global leader in power distribution equipment. For more than 30 years, Starline products have provided data center, retail, health care, higher education, and industrial facilities with the most flexible, reliable, and customizable power distribution systems on the market. By continuing to promote the concepts of innovation and smart yet simple design strategy, the Starline brand has evolved to include 2 main product lines: Track Busway, and Critical Power Monitor (CPM). Learn more at www.starlinepower.com

For further information contact the DataCenterGruppen.
Arnth B. Nielsen Sales Manager – Data centres
Phone: +45 70 25 27 77
Mobile: +45 41 57 77 08
e-mail: info@datacentergruppen.dk

Recorded Webinar: Danish Data Center Industry Outlook – Market Trends & Challenges

Watch or rewatch the webinar from 23rd April: Danish Data Center Industry Outlook – Market Trends and Challenges.

Watch the recording here.

About the webinar: The Danish Data Center Industry has together with COWI released a report on the state of the Danish data center market which delivers a 360-degree outlook of the industry. The report provides an in-depth overview of the market size, trends and forecasts, maps out key market challenges and sets out recommendations on how the regional industry can overcome these, paving the way for Denmark to become a global hub for sustainable data centers.

During this webinar, our panel of industry experts discuss the key highlights from the report, including:

Global data center trends
Overview of the Danish data center market
Key survey highlights
Market opportunities
Future of cloud/IT services in Denmark
Renewables and the Nordic proposition
Panel Q&A
Closing remarks

Moderator: Henrik Hansen, Danish Data Center Industry

Panel:
Jakob Dybdal Christensen, COWI
Anders Thomsen, Microsoft
Susanna Kass, Stanford University
Merima Dzanic, Danish Data Center Industry

For more information on the report please visit: https://datacenterindustrien.dk/focusareas/danish-data-center-market-report-2020/

Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering launches elective for the data center industry

Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering launches new elective for data center operation and maintenance engineers

By Dorthe F. Hansen

Independent studies have established that there is an increasing need for skilled labour in the rapidly growing data centre industry. In order to meet that demand, Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering has developed a new elective for engineering students designed to meet the demands of the industry.

Fredericia College of Marine and Technical Engineering (in Danish: Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, or for short: FMS) trains operation and maintenance engineers within the Danish education maskinmester, a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. In august 2020, FMS will be launching a new elective for its students; a Data Centre Programme (DCP). The term maskinmester is virtually impossible to translate into English. However, regardless of their line of business, most maskinmester graduates are employed for operation and/or maintenance purposes, which is why the college has chosen the title operation and maintenance engineers in English, OME for short. The college already offers three electives; a maritime elective, “Energy at Sea (aimed at the oil and gas industry as well as offshore wind), and “Industry and management” which was developed in collaboration with the business community of Denmark’s Triangle Region, a hub for production and exports.

A little background information for those not acquainted with the OME: historically, the maskinmester was at sea, operating machinery in the engine room of a ship. However, as time has progressed, more and more people with this training have come to be employed in manufacturing companies, utility companies and within the offshore industry. In fact, today, less than 20 percent are employed within the maritime sector.

Although most OMEs are land-based these days, the analogy of a vessel can be used to clarify their qualifications. Imagine a vessel and all its technical systems: generators, power supply, energy conversion, cooling, ventilation, etc. The OME is responsible for all of this being in operation at all times. Other colleagues are responsible for manoeuvring the vessel, and others are responsible for the shipping of goods, but the OME collaborates with these professions in order for the common goal to be achieved. With this analogy, the relevance of the OME at a data centre is quite apparent. The OME can oversee all elements from energy entering the facility, storing energy in batteries for backup purposes, cooling the server rooms and using waste heat from the facility. Thus, the OME is an engineer with a broad knowledge of a wide variety of technical topics.  Furthermore, the OME has been taught commercial law and management topics to ensure that they possess the skills to manage e.g. a plant and its personnel.

In 2019, FMS began a dialogue with management at Google’s data centre in Taulov, Denmark, not far from the college. The idea of a data centre elective surfaced quickly, and a project manager was appointed at the college in order to establish first, the need for such an elective and, second, what this might entail.

After many careful considerations and talks on the matter, the curriculum for the DCP was agreed upon, and it can be seen in the accompanying illustration. The illustration shows the structure of the entire OME education, the top block being the DCP. Reading from the right side to the left, the elective will consist of training experience in a simulator where students will be able to train how to minimise human error and act correctly in a critical situation, drawing upon their technical knowledge. An official certificate of simulator training will be issued for the students afterwards. Other DCP topics will be maintenance management, Project Management and LEAN and Energy and Environment Optimisation. These topics are all well-known within the OME skills palette. The final part of the DCP elective, however is aimed specifically at the data centre industry. For this part of the elective FMS has a collaboration with UCL University College and topics from e.g. their computer science programme. Topics will include infrastructure, security, operation and management particular to data centres.

Furthermore, students will obtain the Certified Data Centre Professional certificate (CDCP) in collaboration with EPI, an internationally acclaimed provider of certification courses for the data centre industry. In fact, there will be a number of other collaborations regarding guest lecturers on the elective. CBRE (operators of data centres), DataCenterGruppen (suppliers for data centres) and Google will all be sharing their knowledge of the industry with students on the DCP elective. Without any doubt, the synergy of these contributions will make for a thrilling educational environment.

All electives at FMS are placed on the 8th semester of the OME education which is made up of a total of nine semesters. During their final semester, students will spend approximately three months at a company for their Bachelor’s internship. Within the company they will usually be presented with a problem which they will subsequently work with and use as a problem statement for their Bachelor’s project. The first group of students from the DCP elective will be doing their internships and writing their bachelor’s projects in the spring semester of 2021. Thus, when companies take in an intern from FMS, they get a student with a solid foundation within subjects such as power supply, ventilation and maintenance. A further benefit for is that the student will be an added resource as the company will likely gain new knowledge from the work and the Bachelor’s project. Unemployment rates for OMEs have been below 3 per cent for quite some time. Their skills are desirable for companies, and in fact many students are hired by the company where they spent their internship and as such, already part of the work force at the time of graduation.

That fact that FMS has embarked on this new path means that they have also become part of a global community, the Cloud Connect network which is facilitated by Google. Representatives from the school have already participated in Cloud Connect meetings in Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland where they have met with representatives from other places of education which train students for work within the data centre industry. In fact, they found that at the Irish college IT Sligo, they have created a Bachelor’s degree in Data Centre Facilities Engineering which is almost identical to the Danish maskinmester education. This solidified that FMS is doing the right thing by offering their students to become data centre specialists.

NEW EVENT DATE: Data Centers Denmark

Event Name & Date: Data Centers Denmark, UN City, Copenhagen

Organiser and Co-Host: Danish Data Center Industry & UNEP-DTU Partnership

Original Event Date: 13th May 2020

Postponement announcement date: 26th March 2020

New Event Date: 29th September 2020 (Pre-conference Executive Dinner on 28th September)

 

After close consultation with our partners in the data center industry, DDI and UNEP-DTU Partnership have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming Data Centers Denmark conference on 13th May at the UN City in Copenhagen.

Having spent the past year preparing for the conference with our advisors, speakers and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time. However, we are fully committed to the safety of our community as well as following official government guidelines during these challenging times.

We want to thank all our partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects in the name of data center sustainability. For this reason, we fully intend to host the Data Centers Denmark conference on the 29th September 2020 at the UN City in Copenhagen.

 

Event partners and speakers:

As an event speaker, we kindly ask you to contact DDI directly on merima@datacenterindustrien.dk or on +45 20 15 50 21 to acknowledge the new date and arrange any potential new logistics.

 

Event registration:

All event registration will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event. The latest information will always be available at www.datacentersdenmark.com.

Further information on the programme, and any new developments, will be communicated accordingly.

We look forward to hosting you in the fall. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

 

DDI & UNEP-DTU Partnership

Global virksomhed ledte i hele Europa – valget faldt på Aabenraa

SAP Software Solutions har købt to datacenter-egnede erhvervsgrunde af Aabenraa Kommune i henholdsvis Kassø og Padborg. Det er dog endnu ingen konkrete planer om at bygge, oplyser selskabet.

 

Læs den originale artikel fra JydskeVestkysten her: https://jv.dk/artikel/global-it-koncern-k%C3%B8ber-to-datagrunde-i-aabenraa-kommune

 

Aabenraa Kommunes drømme om at blive landets datacenter-hovedstad har fået ny næring.

Efter amerikanske Apple overraskende valgte at droppe sine planer om et stort datacenter i Kassø sidste år, har den tyske it-koncern SAP Software Solutions nu købt to datacenter-egnede grunde på hver 15 hektar i henholdsvis Padborg og Kassø. Således slutter SAP sig til Google, som for et par år siden ligeledes købte en grund i Kassø med henblik på at bygge et datacenter.

Grundene er selskabets første i norden, og de er købt, så der kan handles hurtigt, hvis der skulle opstå et behov for datacentre i Danmark, oplyser selskabet.

– Hos SAP investerer vi konstant i vores cloud-infrastruktur, så vi bedst muligt kan betjene vores 440.000 kunder over hele verden. Derfor er det indledende arbejde med at finde optimale datacenter-egnede grunde en vigtig opgave. Selvom der pt. ikke er planer om at bygge på grundene, betyder det, at SAP nu kan reagere hurtigt og etablere datacentre i Danmark, hvis behovet opstår, udtaler Jørn Jacobsen, administrerende direktør i SAP Danmark, i en skriftlig kommentar, hvor det også fremgår, at SAP har valgt at købe grundene efter grundige undersøgelser på tværs af Europa.

– Adgang til vedvarende energi, Danmarks geopolitiske stabilitet og compliance ift. datasikkerhed er blandt de vigtige årsager til, at SAP har valgt at investere i Danmark, lyder det fra selskabet.

Fortsætter i sporet

SAP har hovedkvarter i Waldorf, og navnet står på tysk for Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte – på dansk: systemer, applikationer og produkter. Virksomheden udvikler IT-systemer, der overordnet set anvendes til virksomheders interne processer inden for eksempelvis økonomi, lagerstyring og indkøb.

Købet glæder borgmester i Aabenraa Kommune, Thomas Andresen (V).

– Det passer jo godt med vores datacenterstrategi, som blandt andet går ud på at tiltrække flere datacentre. Nu har vi både Google og SAP – desværre ikke længere Apple – og jeg er glad for, at vi fortsætter i det her spor, og at der er nogen, der interesserer sig for Aabenraa, siger han.

Datacenterstrategien blev vedtaget i efteråret 2018 og har blandt andet det delmål, at kommunen i 2022 skal huse to datacentre i drift, mens ydereligere to skal være under planlægning.